General Information

We are the Manheim Area Water & Sewer Authority (MAWSA) providing water and wastewater services to Manheim Borough, Penn Township, and Rapho Township in Lancaster County, PA.

If you would like to get in touch with us, either contact us or call our office at 717-665-2737.

Contact Information

Contact Manheim Area Water & Sewer Authority with our “Contact Us” form or call our office at 717-665-2737.

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Who We Are

Manheim Area Water & Sewer Authority (MAWSA) is a small, self-operating, non-PUC regulated, municipal water and wastewater Authority supplying approximately 3,100 water and 2,300 wastewater customers in the Manheim area (Manheim Borough, and portions of Penn and Rapho Townships, in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania). Incorporated on October 26, 1939, our mission is “to provide safe and reliable water and wastewater services in an efficient, cost effective and environmentally friendly manner resulting in a high level of satisfaction among our customers.”

We are run by an appointed Board of 7. There are 5 representatives from Manheim Borough, 1 from Penn Township, and 1 from Rapho Township. The board members make up several committees, and oversee an administrative and service team, as well as partner with professional service entities to fulfill the mission “to provide safe and reliable water and wastewater services in an efficient, cost effective and environmentally friendly manner resulting in a high level of satisfaction among our customers.”


 WHAT WE DO

Serving a variety of customer types such as; residential, commercial, and industrial, we also receive and treat an average of 83,000 gallons of hauled waste from multiple haulers and sites.


WATER PROCESSING

The water plant processes an average of 600,000 gallons of water per day (GPD) with a permitted capacity of 1,063,000 GPD. 

MAWSA utilizes 2 wells drilled into the Eplea formation aquifer, which lies approximately 200 feet below the Earth’s surface. Raw water is drawn, treated and stored, for transmission to our customer base. Having a safe source of water supply is very important to what we do, and we encourage all to protect ground water sources. Learn more about source water protection here, and more about water testing and quality here.


 WASTEWATER PROCESSING

Sewage treatment is a multi-stage process to renovate wastewater before it re-enters a body of water. The goal is to reduce or remove organic matter, solids, nutrients, disease-causing organisms and other pollutants from wastewater. Each receiving body of water has limits to the amount of pollutants it can receive without degradation. Manheim Area Water & Sewer Authority Wastewater Treatment Plant must hold a permit listing the allowable levels of BOD, suspended solids, coliform bacteria and other pollutants. The discharge permits are called NPDES permits which stands for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. Final treatment focuses on removal of disease-causing organisms from wastewater. Treated wastewater is disinfected by adding chlorine.

The wastewater plant processes an average of 800,000 GPD with a  permitted capacity of 2,300,000 GPD hydraulic and organic capacity.


 TRUCKED IN WASTE

MAWSA’s wastewater treatment plant can receive both Standard and Non-Standard Waste based on an approved permit.

Standard Waste: septage, holding tank, portable toilet, and municipal sludge

Non-Standard Waste: landfill leachate, wash waters and condensates, industrial sludge and wastewater, miscellaneous waste, and industrial holding tank

Processing and disposal of sludge is one of the most serious problem encountered in wastewater treatment in terms of environment, technology and budget. Sludge stabilization and associated cost represents a major part of the total cost in any wastewater treatment plant, it can account for 50-60% of the total expense of wastewater treatment plant operating budget. Sludge arising during treatment of municipal wastewater presents a valuable source of organic matter, nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and some trace elements. Wastewater treatment plants’ optimum solution for disposal of sludge is in agriculture.

MAWSA is committed to the environment and uses land application for its sludge disposal. The Authority operates under PA DEP NPDES permit for disposal of Class “B “sludge.

Interested in participating in our hauled waste program? Click here to learn more.


ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY

The treatment process produces a sludge which has to be disposed of. MAWSA’s sludge is specially treated to allow the end product to be utilized for land application, which is more environmentally friendly than landfill disposal. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) regulates use of sewage sludge in agriculture to prevent harmful effects on soil, vegetation, animals and humans. In particular it sets maximum values of concentrations of heavy metals and bans the spreading of sewage sludge when the concentration of certain substances in the soil exceeds these values. Land application of raw or treated sewage sludge can reduce significantly the sludge disposal cost component of sewage treatment as well as providing a large part of the nitrogen and phosphorus requirements of many crops.


Our Board Members

Members of the Board – 5 Year Term

Chair: Robert Miller, CEM – Manheim Borough Rep. – 12/31/2025

Vice Chair: Robert Swayne, Jr – Manheim Borough Rep. – 12/31/2026

Secretary: John Haldeman – Rapho Township Rep. – 12/31/2025

Treasurer: Barbara Horst – Penn Township Rep. – 12/31/2027

Assistant Secretary/Treasurer: Bryan Pastor Manheim Borough Rep. – 12/31/2026

Michael Connelly – Manheim Borough Rep. – 12/31/2027

Randall Lauver – Manheim Borough Rep. – 12/31/2027

See Committees Here

Water Quality

The annual Consumer Confidence Reports (CCR), also known as a “water quality report”, or “drinking water quality report” is an opportunity for us to share with you about the status of your water quality and the measures taken to assure its quality and safety. Each year we compile the results of our daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, annual, and multi-annual tests into a mailer sent to each customer.

If you live in a property where you do not receive direct communications from MAWSA such as an apartment, copies are sent to your property owner. Our annual report may also be found by clicking here.

Printed copies are available at our office during normal business hours, or we can email a copy to you. Just reach out via our contact us page and we will provide one.


More About Your Water

Source

MAWSA utilizes 2 wells drilled into the Eplea formation aquifer, which lies approximately 200 feet below the Earth’s surface. Raw water is drawn, treated and stored, for transmission to our customer base. Having a safe source of water supply is very important to what we do, and we encourage all to protect ground water sources. Learn more about source water protection here.

Hardness 

In general, the average the water hardness is 17.48 grains per gallon, or 299 total hardness as CaCO3.

Calcium

In general, the average Calcium content is 90 mg/l.

Fluoride

MAWSA does not participate in the addition of chemical Fluoride in its system; however, we do test for naturally occurring Fluoride, which is present.

Magnesium

In general, the average Magneisum is 18.3 mg/l.


Lead Safety

YouTube Video from AWWA regarding lead safety and removal.

Your Team

ADMINISTRATIVE 

MANAGER  Charles Heisey

BILLING ADMINISTRATOR  Candace Hoover

BILLING CLERK  Sara Schreffler

FINANCIAL COMPTROLLER  Deb Tobias

OPERATIONS 

Now hiring

OPERATIONS MANAGER  David Schreffler

LABORATORY TECHNICIAN  – David Musser

LEAD COLLECTION & DISTRIBUTION TECHNICIAN  Paul Bell

WATER/WASTEWATER OPERATOR 1  Robert Eichelberger

ASSISTANT MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN  Michael Ebersole

LEAD MAINTENANCE MECHANIC  Larry Minnich

LEAD WATER OPERATOR  Mark Tyson

COLLECTION & DISTRIBUTION TECHNICIAN  Keary Smith

ASSISTANT WATER/WASTEWATER OPERATOR Adam Spangler

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Authority Solicitor

Daniel Desmond Esquire – Barley Snyder LLC

Authority Engineer

Jamie Lorah, PE – SSM Group

Authority Auditor

Mike Reiner, CPA – Sager, Swisher & Company LLC

Authority Clean Water and Environmental Solicitor and Consultant

Gary B. Cohen Esquire – Hall & Associates

William T. Hall PE. – Hall & Associates

Consultant

Carl Kline, Jr. – Kline Water Solutions, LLC